Ending Bilingual Education For Good
What is Bilingual Education?
Developed in the US since 1960s for students with limited English proficiency.
Improve English skills by providing skills and knowledge in the student’s native language first.
It was introduced by Ron Unz who is a former Republican gubernational candidate in 1998.
Attempted to end all bilingualism in public schools.
It requires foreign students to learn
one year in an English Immersion program and transfer to regular classes after one year.
Why not Bilingual Education?
It’s not ineffective since students don’t have chance to practice English.
Bilingual education segregates non-native speakers, which prevent the children from learning American culture.
It gives a difficult time for non-native speakers communicate with American students.
Most of the limited English students’ parents do not support bilingual education.
Time for English Immersion and ESL
These programs are designed to improve English knowledge by being taught in English.
They help students get higher education and the assimilation with American culture.
Electronic sources & Web sites
Amselle, Jorge. “Bye-Bye to bilingual Ed?” world and I. March 2000. http://0web7.infotrac.galegroup.com/library.sjeccd.org. 5/11/2007.
“California Scores: California English Immersion Students Learning Well.” The Migration World Magazine. Sep 2000. http://0web7.infotrac.galegroup.com.library.sjeccd.org. 5/12/2007.
Marcus, Justin. “Bilingual Education Creates Social Separation.” The Universe Wire. 6 April 2005. http://0-web.lexis.com.library.sjeccd.org/universe/document. 5/12/2007.
Porter, Rosalie Pedalino. “The Case Against Bilingual Education.” The Atlantic Monthly. May 1998. http://0-web7.infortrac.galegroup.com.libarary.sjeccd.org. 5/13/2007.